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Evolving Cities: Cities of Today

Cities of Today
Contributed By: James Peckham Stephens, Denver School of Science and Technology

This lesson is designed to link previous knowledge of concepts surrounding urban environments with local cities and new urban initiatives. This is the middle lesson of a mini-unit on urbanism. The previous lesson is titled “Origins of Cities and Stars.” Its objective is to show students that some processes in our urban world and in the universe are very similar, so students can understand that humans are not disconnected from nature and the universe but are part of them.

The follow-up lesson is titled “The Science behind the Fiction of Future Cities.” Students use the design process (empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test) to visualize and construct models of sustainable cities of the future.

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